New Beauty and Skin Care Books

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Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more.

New Beauty and Skin Care Books

Right now you can pre-order, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, by Marie Rayma – creator of Humblebee & Me blog! Marie, of Calgary, Canada, shares a wonderful collection of beauty and skin care recipes for cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and lip balms weekly on her blog – of which I’m a long time fan – here. Her goal, with both her blog and her new book, is to allow us to ditch store bought beauty and skin care products and swap them for quality, homemade natural beauty alternatives. Marie posts new recipes to her blog, Humblebee & Me, twice a week and is super excited about the upcoming release of her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care.

Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more. Detailed information on each ingredient used can be in Make It Up so you understand the strengths and benefits of each ingredient used. In addition, products can be tailored for you individual skin care needs—from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited to any complexion.

With easy-to-follow instructions, Make It Up includes recipes for more than 40 essential beauty and skin care recipes that will replace just about everything you put on your face and body with handmade, high-performance, healthy alternatives. Learn more about this book or pre-order it now here.

Handmade Beauty explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms & more!

Another beauty and skin care book you may be interested in is Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for your Face, Body and Hair by authors Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton. This beauty book is a guide filled with skin care and hair care recipes you can make at home with a few basic materials and kitchen equipment.

Handmade Beauty begins by exploring the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments.

In addition you’ll also find step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout Handmade Beauty to ensure that all of the hair and skin care recipes are easy to follow. There are also ideas on how to package and present your completed handmade beauty products. Learn more about Handmade Beauty or buy it now here.

Other books by popular bloggers that you may like include 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants (by the author of A Nerdy Farm Wife blog) and The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients (by the author of The Natural Beauty Workshop blog.)

Fifteen new and fantastic books to read to nurture your creative side this summer. From recipes to writing to crafts, you’re sure to discover something wonderful inside each one!

For more great books to keep your creative side happy this summer, check out my collection of must read books for summer on my Tumblr blog here.

For a huge collection of natural beauty and skin care recipes be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Books to Buy: Herbs for Natural Beauty

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Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Recipes include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more.

Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Beauty recipes that can be found in Herbs for Natural Beauty include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more. You can purchase the kindle version of this book for just $4.61 from Amazon or buy the paperback version for $8.89 from Amazon here. Alternately, during the month of May you can also buy the paperback version from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $7.16 (20% off!).

Other books by within this series by Rosemary Gladstar include Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System. A Storey BASICS® Title, Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care. A Storey BASICS® Title, and Herbs for Long-Lasting Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Lifelong Vitality. A Storey BASICS® Title. Or purchase Rosemary Gladstar’s best selling kindle ebook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use for just $2.99! Don’t own a kindle? Download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App! It works on most devices including tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.


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Milk Soapmaking and Other Free Soapmaking eBooks and Homemade Soap Recipes

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How to Make Homemade Milk Soaps and Homemade Milk Soap Recipes

I was pretty stoked to find a rather great collection of soapmaking kindle ebooks available today for free. Two of these that I was especially excited to see include Anne L. Watson’s books Milk Soapmaking: The Smart and Simple Guide to Making Lovely Milk Soap from Scratch with Cow Milk, Goat Milk, Buttermilk, Cream, Coconut Milk, or Any Other Animal or Plant Milk and Smart Lotionmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Luxurious Lotions, or How to Make Lotion from Scratch That’s Better Than You Buy and Costs You Less. Both of these books have been around for some time and have been previously published in paperback!

Milk Soapmaking includes step by step directions on how to make homemade milk soaps from prep to clean up along with a collections of homemade milk soap recipes including Yogurt Parfait Homemade Milk Soap Recipe, Apricot Cream Homemade Milk Soap Recipe, Buttermilk Castile Soap Recipe, Deena’s Avocado Cream Homemade Milk Soap Recipe and more! Download Milk Soapmaking here.

How to Make Homemade Lotion and Homemade Lotion Recipes

Smart Lotionmaking delves into how to make lotions, how to test your lotions to make sure they are safe, and includes a collections of both milk and non-milk homemade lotion recipes as well as information on how to create your own homemade lotion recipes. Download Smart Lotionmaking here.

Soapmaking for Beginners - Beginner Homemade Soap Recipes and Tutorial

Other free soapmaking and related ebooks available for free today include Soap Making for Beginners: Proven Secrets to Making All Natural Homemade Soaps that Will Rejuvenate, Refresh and Revitalize Your Skin by Jessica Jacobs, Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes For Beginners: Essential Oil Recipes For Household Cleaning, Laundry & Toxic Free Living by Lindsey P, Organic Lotion: Recipes for Beginners: How to Create Homemade Organic Lotions For Beauty, Nourishment, and Skin Healing by Marlene Ray, Homemade Body Butter: 25 Natural, Preservative-Free Recipes for Homemade Body Butter by Kelly Meral, and Aromatherapy: The Big Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Beginners Book – A proven Guide for Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to Improve Your Health by A.A. Riddle.

Free ebooks come and go quickly. These were free when this post was created but if the offer has passed be sure to visit Amazon’s Kindle bestsellers in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home here to view all current free and paid kindle ebooks that are available. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can quickly and easily download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App here for your favorite device whether it’s your computer, tablet or smartphone!

For more homemade soap recipes as well as natural homemade bath and body recipes and beauty DIY’s, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. If you follow all of my Pinterest boards you’ll also discover lots of great DIY craft projects, homemade gift ideas, lifestyle tips and recipes. You can also read my own tutorial for making homemade cold process soaps here or  view my own full collection of homemade soap recipes at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

To keep up with all of my new homemade soap recipes and projects and never miss a post be sure to follow Soap Deli News blog on Blog Lovin’ and on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.


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How to Make Soap with the Book, Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

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Soapmaking Book on How to Make Homemade Cold Process Soaps - Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

When I first started making soap in 2001 the internet was still very young. Etsy didn’t exist yet and I wasn’t really aware of other soapmakers or crafters online. Eventually I discovered the Craftster.org – an online community for crafts and DIY where other craft novices and craft pros would share their finished projects and tutorials. That group eventually led me to Etsy when it first made its appearance in 2005 and I signed up while it was still in beta. Listings were free then; it was also a very different ecommerce site from what it is today. So essentially I learned how to make soap on my own through trial and error and what I considered the bible of soapmaking at the time, The Soapmaker’s Companion, by Susan Miller Cavitch which was first published in 1997.

Nowadays there are scores of books on how to make homemade soap as well as blogs and forums full of tutorials, recipes, techniques and other handy advice as well as communities like Etsy. There is also the book, Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps, by Anne-Marie Faiola which was published in August of this year. Faiola, endearingly referenced as the “Soap Queen” ventured into soapmaking very similarly to the same way I did through book research and trial and error. As a result, unlike The Soapmaker’s Companion, Soap Crafting presents its content in a simple, straight forward manner that leaves no room for confusion. Easier for a beginner to grasp than The Soapmaker’s Companion, Faiola’s book not only breaks down the basics of soapmaking in a way that is simple and easy to understand, it is also presented with beautiful photography to guide you through the process so there’s no confusion – something that is lacking in The Soapmaker’s Companion which consists only of limited hand drawings and no actual photography. That said, The Soapmaker’s Companion is still an invaluable resource for those who are in pursuit of the all the information there is to have on making cold process soaps.

While this book is perfect for beginners wanting to make their very first batch of soap, this book is also suitable for those who enjoy making homemade soaps for more than simply function but aesthetic beauty as well. Faiola covers not only the basics, colors, molds, and food ingredients you can include as part your soap recipes, but she also delves into embedding soaps, funnel pours and gorgeous swirling techniques. In addition to the instructional content of this amazing soapmaking book, there are also thirty-one homemade soap recipes to get you started.

Currently you buy both kindle and spiral bound versions of Soap Crafting from Amazon. Or you can opt for the hardcover version of this book which is available from Mountain Rose Herbs.


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Recipes for Natural Healing Oils & Salves and Other Fabulous Projects for Summer

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Recipes for Natural Healing Oils & Salves, DIY Herbal Pillows and Designing Your Own SoapsRecipes for natural healing oils and salves, diy herbal dream, pillows and designing your own homemade soaps. These are just a few of the treats you’ll discover inside the special, limited edition Nature Knows Best issue of Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine is now available from Mountain Rose Herbs. This special issue is the product of a collaboration between Mary Jane and the employees at Mountain Rose Herbs that contains diy articles and recipes for Herbal Health & Beauty, Herbal Cleaning, and the Herbal Garden along with tasty herbal ice cream recipes, toxic free mama & baby, quick & healthy breads, and much more. You can purchase this special issue from Mountain Rose Herbs while supplies last. Plus don’t forget to shop Mountain Rose Herbs for all of your organic essential oil and soapmaking needs.

If you’re delving into learning how to make homemade soap the old fashioned way with lye (alkali) and natural butters and oils (fats,) be sure to visit my DIY Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial. I also have recently created a tutorial for making your own handmade wood loaf soap molds where I also give you the skinny on where to purchase lye!


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